This deliciously easy Warm Apple Cider Cocktail is the perfectly spiced drink to warm you and your guests up this fall season.
A TASTY APPLE BEVERAGE
When it comes to autumn, one of my favorite treats is fresh apple cider. We have a local apple orchard that squeezes it up fresh every apple season and it's like you're drinking liquid apple! This Warm Apple Cider Cocktail is a deliciously simple way to turn that fresh apple cider into a warming, comforting, adult-only beverage. Also, full disclosure, I'm not that great at making a lot of different types of cocktails (I know some good basics) and so I don't have a liquor cabinet with a ton of alcohol so I work with what I have. However, I give tips below for other options you might have on hand. This really is a delicious cocktail to warm you up on those chilly nights! If you are looking for a tasty, autumn-inspired drink, then you have to try this Warm Apple Cider Cocktail recipe.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If you can’t get your hands on apple cider, you can make this with apple juice. I recommend if you are going to make this with apple juice, get the unfiltered kind by Tree Top. But really try to get the cider - it blends so much better with this recipe.
Some good vodka brands are Smirnoff, Svedka, Absolut and Pinnacle. You could even have some fun with flavored vodkas like caramel or whipped cream flavor. If you don't like vodka, you can also use rum, tequila or whiskey. Many folks also enjoy brandy in spiced apple cider as well.
Absolutely! This recipe started off as a non-alcoholic drink for me and my family. It's one I make often in the fall and I don't add vodka. It still tastes so warm and comforting.
This can be served any way that you like! You can fill a glass and garnish with star anise or a cinnamon stick to give it extra flavor while you sip. This can also be placed in a 2-3 quart round slow cooker on the warm setting and guests can serve themselves.
No. Star anise has a flavor similar to black licorice so most folks either love it or hate it. It is not a strong flavor in this recipe. It just enhances the overall flavors together with the other spices. But it is not absolutely necessary to make this drink taste delicious. So don't go out of your way to track it down just for this recipe.
You can store it in your refrigerator covered or in an airtight container for up to four days. To reheat you can slowly heat over the stove or in the microwave. It should be a gentle heat. You don't want the heat too high or the alcohol will burn off.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- apple cider
- brown sugar
- cinnamon stick
- star anise
- whole cloves
HOW TO MAKE A WARM APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL:
In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and allspice.
Bring the mixture up to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
Use a mesh strainer to remove the spices from the cider.
Pour the vodka into the cider.
Stir to combine.
Pour into glasses and serve warm.
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WARM APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL
- 4 cups apple cider
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise (optional)
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 6 oz vodka
- In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and allspice.
- Bring the mixture up to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Use a mesh strainer to remove the spices from the cider.
- Pour the vodka into the cider and serve warm.
- Double this batch to make more to serve more people.
- Use your favorite vodka, tequila and whiskey can also be used.
- Apple juice can be substituted if you cannot find apple cider.
- This can be kept warm in a 2-3 quart round slow cooker for guests to serve themselves.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.